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    Thumbs up Champ/Chump, lessons & practices 9/21-9/28

    Working the nightshift I guess I can start the the new week.

    Champ: Salchow is really getting consistent. I need more height and speed but I figure that is just a practice thing. Coach is pleased with the results. Waltz jump is good as ever. Alternating 3s are looking under control and they look nice and even.

    Chump: Spins. I managed to toepick my shin today trying to bring my free leg close to my spinning leg. I wobbled and just toepicked my shin. I had just gotten my skates sharpened so I ripped right through the pant leg. It's okay but I bled like a stuck pig and since I skate barefoot, it ran right into the boot, so I have a real mess now. :(

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    I went to the rink today with a friend... she took some pictures!

    My Ina Bauer

    With friend!

    Opening pose to my program

    Champ - Got some nice spins down today, and went through what we've got done of my program.

    Chump - Skates suck. Enough said.

    Some girl broke her wrist today when she ran into the boards head first, and paramedics and the fire department came over! Freaky. She got a concussion.

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    Hi Lanie. Thanks so much for the GREAT pics! You're are just a little cutie and I bet you look great out there on the ice in person. I'm lusting after your Ina Bauer as I haven't even begun attempting them yet, as I'm still working at getting the flexibility going to turn out my hips that much.

    I'm curious as to how you post pictures here (I just don't know how.) I'd love it if more of us would do so. If you want to send me a PM or something, I'd love instructions.

    As a fellow wrist-breaker, I can officially say "yowch" to the poor girl who slammed the boards. But I can also say that it's not something anyone should let stand in the way of their skating or to inspire fear of any kind. As awful as it sounds, once they put that cast on, you can skate just like before and work your way through the injury. The worst part is regaining the flexibility after 5-6 weeks of immobilization.

    Thanks again for the pics!

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    Sk8r1964 - I've been out of town and off the boards, and just wanted to give you a big WOO HOO on passing your Intermediate!!! You are an inspiration, and I hope that that's me someday, after I work my way through the "adult" side of things.

    Great job!

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    Chump change: Did Freestyle practice on Sunday with my buddy Anna, and we were both grumbling over back edges, especially outsides. She gave me some help with my edges, which was nice.

    The Champeeennnn!!: I returned the favor to her on salchow, showing her how my coach told me to "hook" the back inside edge before the jump. We also spent some time talking and found out we're both somewhat ambilvalent about competing USFSA--we've just seen so many "abuses" and problems in judging. ISI is fun and relaxed. We both plan to test, but we'll see on comps.

    Then it was on to working with groups again--it was fun to be back and helping with the kiddles!

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    Champ: Not a whole lot. There are 106498635086293876208 little people on my session that don't get out of your way, so I really don't ever get to practice that much. Off-topic, I'm having a blast at university. I have super friends and we're having so much fun together.

    Chump: Evil little children. Oh, I got on the wrong bus, and had to find my way to where the right bus lives, so I ended up being a half hour late for skating, and then to top it off, my coach wasn't there. To top it off, it was raining.

    Happy skating!

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    Chumply: Hubby is majorly sick with a bad cold--had to miss his lesson today. Me, I'm pumping vitamin C and gargling Listerine to avoid catching it!!!! :(

    Championship season: More MITF today, and made MAJOR improvements to crossovers. I learned to "push off in slow motion" (take my time with the push) on the forward crosses. Suddenly toepick scrape went away--I was lifting too quickly (WHY do I always rush everything???) Then, she corrected my body position with the back crossovers. Literally, with the backs, coach had me stand straight, lift my chest, bend my knees and look back over my arm, then hold the position for crossovers. It wasn't easy, but again the scrapiness is going away.

    Big breakthrough on back edges too--With that positioning move for crossovers, we discovered the problem was more in my hip than my shoulders. I keep trying to bring the wrong hip forward with back outside edges. Its hard to make a major change like this, but I could already see improvement after just a few minutes--that "swizzlley" portion of the RBOE began to go away. PROGRESS!!!!

    Figureskates: Take care of that leg--HEAL!!!! Doctor's orders!!

    starshine: Here's to a "kid free" session for you soon!

    Lanie: Looking good, great pics!!!

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    SUPERCHAMP - Today was a wonderful lesson and skate practice. I've been off the ice 11 days, so we took it a little easy, though I did work my way through my jumps up to my axel and then we practiced the 2sal take-off many many times so that it becomes embedded in my brain. Then she choreographed my footwork sequence, which is all quick and bouncy and reminds me of ... TIGGER!

    SUPERCHUMP - Yes, Tigger, except for the fact that I look more like a cow on skates and it is very pathetic right now. But that's what practice is for, so I will be practicing my runs and skips and flicks and quick mohawks and tap toes and tap behinds until I look like someone who belongs on the ice and not like someone who is slipping on banana peels! If he hadn't passed, I could have been played by John Ritter, so I may have to look to Chevy Chase to capture my pratfalls when they make the film of my life.

    I'm so excited about all this new stuff I'm learning. I really don't feel "chumpy" at all. Gosh, I LOVE skating!!!!!

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    Champ practice-see Chump practice

    Chump practice- today was a day for falling-7 times! OUCH!! I forgot what it felt like to fall. After falling on my spins and jumps I decided to just slowly work on my cross overs around the rink. At least everyone else was skating good.

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    Figure Skate, hope you feel better now. HUG.

    Lanie, those are great pix! You're very pretty. You look kind of like Godeeva.

    Champ: Nothing to write home about.

    Chump: Still learning the flip. Again, they're all cheated with only 3/4 rotation. But I'm brave enough to add more speed into the jump. That really helps. Now I just have to pull my leg into the back spin position while in the air so I can complete a full rotation.

    In the MITF class, we're learning bracket. Oh boy, I don't like all these twisting.

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    Great thread!

    This is a great thread! I used to post in these when they were at Rinkside but I haven't in forever!

    Champ: My competition this past Sunday -- except for the camel/sit, and having to skate against the book, it went really well, and my program got a really nice compliment. So everything is going in the right direction program-wise.

    Chump: The camel/sit. There should be some kind of exemption in which people who have had c sections do not have to do a camel, EVER!! I cannot get my leg behind me, and forget the whole dropping it into a full sit position. Right now it looks like more of a "look, I dropped my keys" position.....:\

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    For me, Wednesday was "Tigger Day," as I spent the majority of my time working on my new Tigger-like footwork. Obviously it's going to take some time for me to feel secure in the steps so that I can develop that light, airy, bouncy feeling. In the meantime, it's pretty comical, and I can see folks with that "huh?!?" look on their faces as I clod past them.

    No kidding, what really helped was that the whole time I was slogging through the footwork, I was singing the Tigger song in my head, with some modifications:

    "The wonderful thing about skating—
    This footwork has wonderful things.
    My top is made out of rubber;
    My bottom is made out of springs.
    I'm bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
    Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun
    But the most wonderful thing about footwork,
    Is now I'm nearly done."


    It helped to give me that bouncy feeling that I'm trying to have. It didn't hurt that halfway through the practice, the other two people left and I was all alone on the ice and could "flounce" to my heart's content without worrying how I looked. I think I've made progress. Now if only I knew what to do with these arms!

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    Cinder: THANK YOU!!! I'm a huge Tigger fan and just love the "Tigger Song" and that gave hubby and me major giggles!!! I'll have to remember that when I do footwork!!!!

    Unfortunately, I caught hubby's cold, so I may not be on ice this Sunday. Cold's always nail my vocal cords, and speaking
    in my "teaching voice" doesn't help. I'll have to play it by ear.

    Yesterday, coach and I worked on spirals--that was my first hint I was getting sick, I was just off in general. I don't do great spirals, but even my regular balance was off. On the good side, coach and I are working on music for Artistic and Foorwork programs, so that's a plus.

    Seriously, stay healthy everyone. Cold season is starting early here (PA/NJ), so watch out. As for flu, this is predicted to be a majorly BAD flu season, and shots are recommended for everyone. Please consider it.

    Hugs,

    Dr. Yaz

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    Originally posted by Yazmeen
    Seriously, stay healthy everyone. Cold season is starting early here (PA/NJ), so watch out. As for flu, this is predicted to be a majorly BAD flu season, and shots are recommended for everyone. Please consider it.

    Hugs,

    Dr. Yaz
    Good advice, doctor. (BTW, I was amazed at how many skaters at last year's AN were doctors or in the health field - skaters were invited to submit bios.) Anyway, I used to believe that flu shots gave you the flu -- but now I get one every year and haven't been really sick (except for the sniffles) for years.

    All the better to keep skating
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    Considering I am getting over the bad cold that Dr. Yaz is referring to, I made it out on the ice for a lesson yesterday.

    Considering how weak I still am, I had a good lesson. The only thing we did not work on were spins since that was what I got a leg gash from last week (It has healed up pretty well except for a large and ugly scab!!).

    Champ: Alternating 3's were pretty good other than I should stand up more and not rush the 3 turn. I have a tendency to turn to early and not at the top of the curve.

    Cross-over 8s, got to bend my knees a little more. It is not quite as smooth as they should be.

    Chump: We passed on the jumps today since we didn't want to risk jarring the scab on the leg.

    It felt good to get out on the ice after a week of feeling lousy.

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